From the Archive: 1993-1999

In 1993, Hanshi Howard Lipman brings Shihan Rick Cunningham to Japan to be graded to 3rd Dan by Sosai Mas Oyama.

Through the remainder of the 1990s, Sensei Paul Finnerty continues his training with Shihan Howard and Shihan Rick after returning to the fold in 1988.

Sensei Jon Ellis graded to 1st Dan in 1995.

Shihan Howard Lipman led a camp with Shihan Trevor Fields and other dojos in attendance in 1996.

Sensei Jon Ellis fighting in a tournament with Shihan Rick Cunningham refereeing in 1997.

In 1999 Shihan Lipman and Shihan Cunningham host a tournament, where Sensei Ian Holdaway gets his first tournament experience.

And at that tournament, Shihan Rick Cunningham demonstrates a roof tile break.

From the Archive: 1992

In 1992 a young Sempai Rob James opens a dojo under Hanshi Howard Lipman, Shihan Rick Cunningham continues his Kyokushin journey, and Hanshi Howard is graded to 5th Dan (“Shihan”) by Sosai Mas Oyama.

Hanshi Howard and Shihan Rick also did a photo shoot for promoting Kyokushin.

And below, a gift from Sosai to Hanshi Howard Lipman, with a special inscription.

From the Archive: 1990-1991

1990 and 1991 were a big years for Shihan Howard Lipman and his students, as shown in his photo archive. Sosai attends the Australian Championship in 1990, in which Shihan Rick Cunningham and Sensei Mark McFadden compete. Also here are more tournaments, beach training with Sensei Paul Finnerty and Sensei Mark Ting, tameshiwari and working with the Bo staff.

The following is an article by Shihan Howard about the tournament. Click the thumbnails to have a read!

Shihan Rick, Shihan Howard & Sensei Paul in the front row.

From the Archive: 1980s, Part 2

A continuation of From the Archive: 1980s, Part 1. Beach training is back in force, Shihan Rick Cunningham reaches 1st Dan and competes in tournaments, and Sosai Oyama awards Shihan Howard Lipman his 4th Dan.

From the Archive: 1980s, Part 1

From the photo archives of Shihan Howard Lipman! Shihan Howard reaches 3rd Dan, referees tournaments, travels to Japan and continues the beach training sessions. Shihan Rick Cunningham also joins the fold…

Shihan Rick Cunningham in training!

From the Archive: 1970s, Part 3

Shihan Howard Lipman & Hanshi John Taylor after the tournament
Shihan Howard Lipman & Hanshi John Taylor after the tournament

A continuation of From the Archive: 1970s Part 1 and Part 2.

In this series we dive into the photo archives of Shihan Howard Lipman to learn pictorially more about the history of Kyokushin Karate.

In this entry, Shihan Howard reaches 2nd Dan and competes in a number of tournaments, as well as refereeing them. Hover your mouse cursor over the photos and if a caption pops up, click the photo to read the full caption.

Next month, the 1980s, and some more familiar faces from KIMAA.

From the Archive: 1970s, Part 2

A continuation of From the Archive: 1970s, Part 1. In this edition, Shihan Howard Lipman is now a 1st Dan and just beginning his Kyokushin journey…

In the above photos, then-Sempai Howard was training with Sempai Stephen Penny. He was 16 here and the two did Shodan together. Shihan Howard recalls he was an amazing young man, and his karate and strength was quite incredible. Both trained under Shihan Bob Boulton at West Pymble Dojo and spent every spare minute training together.